The Afghan Whigs

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Retarded is a single by American rock band The Afghan Whigs.


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Television's gone and I'm alone with Lucifer
What a drag
Muthafucker lied to you
Muthafucker took me head

You're never alone with your jones
And all you can't forget
So roll on up the price is down
So come on come on come on come on.

Today the retard speaks to me and now I have it all
What a drag
Muthafucker lied to you
It could never get that bad just ask

So go on go on go on go on
Who you call retarded now?
I said who you call retarded now?
I see YOU standing proud
Come on down & swallow hard

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The Afghan Whigs

The Afghan Whigs are an American rock band from Cincinnati, Ohio, originally active from 1986 to 2001. They have since reformed. At their peak, the group – with core members Greg Dulli (vocals, rhythm guitar), Rick McCollum (lead guitar), and John Curley (bass), as well as various drummers (including Steve Earle and Michael Horrigan) – evolved into one of the leading groups of 1990s alternative rock, rising up around the grunge movement but ultimately transcending it. Evolving from a garage punk band in the vein of the Replacements, Dinosaur Jr., and Mudhoney to a literate, soul-inflected post-punk quartet, the Afghan Whigs would ultimately become one of the most critically acclaimed alternative bands of the early 1990s and one of the early pioneers from the … more »

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13 facts about this song

Genre Classification
"Retarded" is a song by The Afghan Whigs, an American rock band known for their soulful and emotional sound. The song is classified under alternative rock and post-punk genres.
Album Information
"Retarded" is a track from their second studio album, "Up in It," released in 1990.
Songwriting Credits
The songwriting credits for "Retarded" belong to The Afghan Whigs band members Greg Dulli, Rick McCollum, John Curley, and Steve Earle.
Record Label
The song was released under Sub Pop Records, which played a crucial role in the development of the grunge music scene in the 80s and 90s.
Band's Origin
The band, The Afghan Whigs, is from Cincinnati, Ohio, and formed in 1986.
Lyrics and Theme
"Retarded" is known for its lyrics that often explore themes of love, heartbreak, and longing.
Length of the Song
The track "Retarded" is 3 minutes and 34 seconds long.
Although not one of their most popular songs, "Retarded" is well appreciated by the fans for its raw energy and emotional resonance.
The Afghan Whigs is known for its heavy soul influences, which can also be detected in the song "Retarded".
Band Disbandment and Reunion
The band broke up in 2001, but they reunited in 2011 and have been active since then. However, "Retarded" remains from their early days of music-making.
Live Performances
"Retarded" has been a staple in the band's live performances since its release, thanks to its powerful guitar riffs and intense lyrics.
"Retarded" and the "Up in It" album as a whole were well-received by critics, establishing The Afghan Whigs' place in the alternative rock scene.
Music Video
Unlike some of the band's other popular songs, "Retarded" does not have an official music video.

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